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Catholic Courier. (Rochester, N.Y.) 1989-current, February 16, 1989, Image 8

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outh T\ Inaugural events excite By Rob Cullivan Staff writer ELMJJRA — If Vice President Dan Quayle ever needs a break from journalists questioning his abilities, he need only pick up his phone and call Notre Dame High School senior Maura Rurak. —-^'1 think he's gotten a really bad rap,\ Rurak remarked. \If he didn*t think he could do^the job, I don't dunk he'd be there,^., ~ Rural speaks from first-hand knowledge of Quayle, and his boss, President George Bush. She heard bom men speak at one of several functions she attended during the three-day Youth Inaugural Conference in Washington, D.C., Jan. 18-20. The conference was sponsored by the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, a private, Washington-based educational organization mat brings outstanding youths to the nation's capital and gives mem \hands-on\ civic experience. During her stay, Rurak met journalists, members of Congress and various sports and enter- tainment celebrities. She was a prime candidate for the con- ference. In her spare time, she chairs me V -Chemung County Youth Council, a panel of 20 representatives from five area high schools who organize an annual one-day conference on youth issues. Rurak is trea- surer of Notre Dame's student council, serves as the youngest member of the Chemung County Red Cross Board of Di- rectors, and works to find youth programs worthy of county funding as a member of . me Chemung County Youth Bureau Board. WF SPEAKING OUT Notre Dame's principal, Sister Mary Walter Hickey, recommended Rurak to the Congressional Youth Leadership Council, which informed the excited student she would bje headed to Washington to hear her favored! candidate, -George Bush, speak, at his inauguration. \I was happy mat Bush won,\ jshe said. \I believe in what he stands for.\ Bush's anti-abortion and pro-defense stances |coincide with Rurak's conservat- ism, a strait she attributes to family in- fluence! \My parents are strict Republi- cans,\ she noted. \They've always voted Republican.\ She'M miss one Republican — former President Ronald Reagan — and the for-, eign policy he ordained. \I like how he bombed (Libyan leader Muammar) Gad- dafi ... jl think that he had to be taught a lesson,']'she said. Rurak learned more benign lessons dur- ing the 'conference in Washington. During a visit to a meeting of the National Press Club, one of her fellow conferees asked if ABC News correspondent Sam Donaldson had a personal grudge against Reagan. The panel of speakers responded that when Donaldson shouted questions to Reagan over the noise of die presidential helicop- ter, he iwas simply doing his journalistic duty. But Rurak didn't agree. \It doesn't matter who is president of the Unitjed States. I wouldn't yell at him,\ she said. Yet, she might yell one figure from the Reagan era — Marine Lieutenant Colonel Oliver North, whom she saw tes- tify before Congress while visiting Wa- shington with her family during the 1987 ban-Contra hearings. Continued on page 12 By Nazar&th Academy can:ffpy«/invi _ peopler'A college degree can be die ticket to a wealth of jobs arcl ^b|ipTrcnuutiesv Catholic high schools need to make more of an effort to provide a solid college pre- paratory curriculum. This effort should in- clude more stringent course requirements, ' increased quality x of guidance facilities and closer interaction between students and administrators. ^^^S5^^^^3^^13»e current Regents curriculum does not *\\\ \ i the average^Sbidefit isith enough Under this pn^j^|* .s^udentys uate if he pr^^a|ta«is igraae nt of higher, completes three years of math and science and four years of Kglfsriand history. A student could easily maintain^a, 67-percent average in these courses and gauVa Regents diploma and a false sense of security. Should our Catholic schools be satisfied with complacency? Will the student with a 67 average be able to benefit from, or even Continued'on page 12 ST. FRANGISOTIPREP SPRING GROVE. PENNSYLVANIA 17362 (717) 225:5715 ESTABLISHED 1847 THE PREP PROMISE: Academic Achievement andBsrsond Growth •Conducted by the Franciscans' •Excellent sports/activities •Boarding/day students •98% College Acceptance •Supen%&d Studyytomputers •English as a second language St. Francis Prep provides an atmosphere of educational support in a Christian environment to help your son achieve his fullest potential. Boys grades 9-12 and Post-Graduate. Call or write for information: Mr. Patrick R. Tansill, Director of Admissions [ St. Ffancis Prep School, Box C, Spring Grove,'PA 17362 (717)225-5715 8 Linda D aw Hayes/Catholic Courier memorabilia she ac- Notre Dame senior Maura Rurak displays some of the quired at President Bush's inauguration in Washington, D.C DeSales High School Should New York state legalize the death penalty for murder? SHANNON HARVEY, sophomore: I^tijnk New York shouldn't legalize the deat&pehalty. It isn'trighttoldU someone. Ttejfptnay have killed someonet fiutjbeing in*pnsonnlost of your Tifels purrahinent enough. There is enough killing in this state. ADRIANNA POLON, senior: I am not in favor of having die death penalty reinstated in New York state. I do not believe that two wrongs make a right. How can a death penalty be justified if the punishment is the same as the crime com- mitted? How can man have the power to choose life or death for his fellow man, when only God has the right to make the choice? All those guilty who were executed in the past do not make up for even one per- son unjustly accused and executed. Once he is dead, a man cannot be brought back to life, nor can he be useful to mankind. A man who is alive can do much good for others. Those men in prison can be put to work that will benefit society and, at the same time, their lives will be spared. AS TEENS TONY URWIN, fresh nan: Yes, the death penalty should be enfor- ced. New York state is running out of jail space for our convicted inmates. Further- more, most of the inmates were put in jail for either homicide or murder. It's these criminals that should receive the sentence of death. For taking another life, that per- son should receive dealt because that per- son doesn't deserve to live. DAVID BARNARD, junior: I feel the answer should come from an economic and political point of view be- cause it costs money that contain life prisoners. Killers don't worry about going to prison for life — it is an easy way out. If you put the fear of the death penalty in their minds, they won't be as willing to do what they did. 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